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REvan223 Monday, March 5th, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
1 year50 of 53 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Tippmann 98c
Tippmann A5
Spyder Electra
Spyder Sonix
Spyder Classic
Spyder Compact
Ariakon Sim-4
Marker Setup: Primary:
Tippmann X7
X7 M16 Shroud
Tapco M4 Stock
Sling
E Grip
14" J&J
Jet Click Mod
Secondary Gun:
X7
X7 G36 Carry Handle
Response Trigger
Flatline Barrel
Recommended
Upgrades:
E Trigger
Stock
New Barrel (Flatline) or a J&J For accuracy
Strengths: Customizations
Looks
Feel
Performance
Weaknesses: Maybe Price For those who are on a Budget. =
Review: I've have used a variety of guns and equipment and nothing really compares to this gun. Tippmann has always come out with something good. They have always provided us with working markers that are reliable and that have many customizations. This is where the X-7 Flourishes.

Looks: Mostly opinion. But as soon as I walked onto the field everyone had eyes on me. Looks great. The magazine looks awesome too. The Sights are good. They are the regular surface sights. Very similar to what you'd have on an AK-47. Nevertheless adequate enough for paint ball use. The rails feel nice under my hands. The gun is relatively balanced when used in conjunction with a remote.

Shooting: Firing this gun is identical to firing a 98c or a Tippmann A5. Accurate enough. Distance is about 100-120 feet. Not bad for a marker. However you do have the option of putting a flat line on it. Which is what I did before i even played. The flatline barrel provided distance that was superior to any gun out there on the field. People where getting so mad at me and saying that my velocity was higher. When I cronoed my gun fired at 285fps. Rule of thumb: The Flatline is very picky with paint and is useless in the winter (cold and paint isn't a good idea), so i suggest maybe using a different barrel in the winter or if you just want a better barrel. Anyways this isn't a review on the flatline. So what I'm saying here is the stock barrel isn't the greatest. It fires accurate enough, but there is alot better out there. So get a new barrel. Preferably as soon as you get the gun.

The gun actually has some recoil to it, not much, but some......Especially with a response trigger on it. It feels pretty sweet when firing. The E Grip is really nice and minimizes recoil alot. One thing i noticed that while running, if you don't have some kind of stock to shoulder or a grip to keep your gun steady, your shots will be all over the place. However I did get a vertical grip and im in the process of getting the stock. Even with the vertical grip my shots are way more steady and have tighter groupings when running.

Feel: The feeling of this gun is very ergonomic. In your hand it just feels "right". Very comfortable. To me it feels alot better than my A5, SIM4, 98c....or any other gun out there on the market.....That's pretty important because of the fact that ergonomics are on of the key factors in paintball that can reduce the time it takes to point your gun in the right direction.....

Features: There are rails everywhere on this gun. Good for putting a vertical grip, flashlight, laser, or anything else that appeals to you. Comes stock with a ring on the butt of the gun. Good idea to put a sling there. Cyclone feed is great. Supposed to feed 20 balls per second. I haven't been able to test that (e trigger hasn't come out yet). However there is no doubt in my mind that this marker can do it. I never had any kind of miss feed in any of my games. Only when I was low on ammo. down to 5 or 6 balls that I had miss feeds. Breakages: sure I did have them. But that was do to me crawling in the sand and having dirt go down the barrel. After the barrel was cleared it firing perfect again. Sights: Pretty good sights. Not too adjustable, but adjustable enough. You can move them up and down the gun. I have my front post moved back about 2 inches. My back post is moved up about 4 inches. Looks alot better this way and there is less stress on your eyes.

Cocking Lever: Off to the front left side of the gun. Completely out of the way from snagging on to something. Also the bolt is closed. This is good to keep the sand, dirt , and other debris from getting into the gun. Magazine Compartment: Storage for tools, lube, etc. It may sound stupid having this on your gun. But to be completely honest. You won't believe how much hassle it saved me. Not having to go in your bag for allen wrenches is definitely a plus. Plus the mag looks awesome and adds to the intimidation. It's nice to tell people that the mag actually serves a purpose instead of just for looks. When I get the question "Whats the mag for? You put paintballs in there?" I get to tell them what it's really for. On paper having a mag storage for tools may sound dumb to many, but its just plain practical.

Trigger: The trigger is a single trigger. You can get off about 6-8 bps firing on it. Despite what people say, it isn't such a heavy pull. It feels realistic. With practice you can definitely get fast at pulling it. I'm definitely want an E trigger I would like the auto fire capability. The safety on this gun is the most unique I've ever seen. It is a selector switch. All the way down is on hot. All the way up is safe. You can switch it from safe to semi very quickly. One game i forgot to take off the safety (don't know how the hell i did that) and the first time I saw someone and i realized i couldn't shoot, i just clicked down the safety and fired away. I did buy the response trigger for the gun. It does seem to add recoil, however they are pretty faulty if you have a leak. Sometimes they just stop working when you're low on air. But you can still fire on semi. Personally I think i'm going to buy an E trigger because I can use 3 shot burst and auto. Plus the three slot selector switch looks really nice.

Hopper: The hopper has a nice low profile. Is alot less prone to getting hit. It also does a good job of deflecting incoming balls. Contrary to the believe, you can hold 200 rounds in it.

Update: May 26th 2008 I Purchased the Egrip for the gun about five months ago and i have to say that I am very satisfied. The fire rate is excellent. Very smooth and very reliable. Always turns on, changing batteries is a snap and the safety is excellent. However i noticed that in very high rates of fire such as 20bps or more the x7 chops. Probably because the cyclone can't feed fast enough. I just purchased and installed the Jet Click mod by Blackpoint Engineering co. and i have to say that the quality (physically) and i notice that it is much easier to physically "click" the cyclone feed. I haven't tested it yet however my inquiries on the product will be posted very soon.


Conclusion: Many manufacturers try to please their customers by making the guns look good. However many times these guns look nice (like real guns) but don't function as well. With the x-7 you get the best of two worlds. You get the function, reliability, and customizations, plus the looks. The price of this gun may not be what you consider "affordable" but this gun is indeed worth every penny. The things you can do to this gun are infinite.

If you're looking for a gun that can function great and look great.....here it is. This is the first time that I am 100% satisfied with my marker. Out of all the other markers i've purchased (spyders and ariakon)...this marker has actually fulfilled my standards.
Any questions? Send it to me....i'll be glad to answer any questions.
Rating:
10 out of 10Last edited on Sunday, May 25th, 2008 at 9:57 pm PST
 

Review Comments
marmot Monday, March 5th, 2007 | 9:19 pm PST
Hmm, interesting....

You dis Ariakon in this review, yet ironically they win a perfect 10 in your only other review (SIM-4). Maybe not the first time you are "100% satiified" with a marker? I could comment on numerous flaws but why bother?

BTW, another lame "no flaw" review. Again, you seem to be falling in love with the latest marker mom and pa buy you. Or maybe you're just a dealer trying to shift product?

Nah, a dealer would be smarter than this.....
Last edited on Monday, March 5th, 2007 at 9:23 pm PST
   

Donster 125 Tuesday, March 6th, 2007 | 2:02 pm PST
quote:
Originally posted by marmot
Hmm, interesting....

You dis Ariakon in this review, yet ironically they win a perfect 10 in your only other review (SIM-4). Maybe not the first time you are "100% satiified" with a marker? I could comment on numerous flaws but why bother?

BTW, another lame "no flaw" review. Again, you seem to be falling in love with the latest marker mom and pa buy you. Or maybe you're just a dealer trying to shift product?

Nah, a dealer would be smarter than this.....


a bit harsh comment marmot, but your reviews seem to reflect your fair yet almost brutal breakdown of the product. Never-the-less, i love them and have read them all! keep your great reviews up. i appreciate how you provide the readers with additional information such as how you found info regarding the patent for the flatline barrel made by tippmann. i try to base my reviews on yours in terms of fairness and whatnot. keep the great reviews up!
   

dmz boy Tuesday, March 6th, 2007 | 2:21 pm PST
the e trigger isnt out yet good luck getting that upgrade
   

GunnerySgtTPB Tuesday, March 6th, 2007 | 3:19 pm PST
quote:
Originally posted by marmot
Hmm, interesting....

You dis Ariakon in this review, yet ironically they win a perfect 10 in your only other review (SIM-4). Maybe not the first time you are "100% satiified" with a marker? I could comment on numerous flaws but why bother?

BTW, another lame "no flaw" review. Again, you seem to be falling in love with the latest marker mom and pa buy you. Or maybe you're just a dealer trying to shift product?

Nah, a dealer would be smarter than this.....

Another inappropriate comment.... with the unnessecary insults towards REvan223.
Just b/c you don't like the review and disagree doesn't mean you have to insult....
   

marmot Tuesday, March 6th, 2007 | 6:50 pm PST
quote:
Originally posted by GunnerySgtTPB

Another inappropriate comment.... with the unnessecary insults towards REvan223.
Just b/c you don't like the review and disagree doesn't mean you have to insult....

I did not insult him. I ridiculed him. Big difference, so go and brush up on your English. And nothing inappropriate in my remarks whatsoever.

A wise man once said:

"Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions. Ideas must be distinct before reason can act upon them..."
Last edited on Wednesday, March 7th, 2007 at 2:10 pm PST
   

REvan223 Thursday, March 8th, 2007 | 3:11 pm PST
Well I was satisfied with Ariakon..... No doubt....but when I saw what other markers could do.........I saw that Ariakon was indeed a badass gun....But it'd only get you so far.
   

Ravenwulfe Sunday, March 11th, 2007 | 10:11 am PST
Very nicely formatted review! I'm very glad you are satisfied with your purchase, because that's a fair deal of coin to drop on something that isn't up to personal standards. Are you planning on buying any of the Spec Ops mods for it? That's the main turn off for me is that there isn't much of a 3rd party after market for this gun yet (just Engler so far). I'm also a little bit irked at the price tag, considering I can bring a 98 and A-5 up to that level for a bit less money. But it does have some nice features that I kind of wish were available for the A-5. It would be really nice if Tippmann included the E-grip in with the X-7 as well as the mechanical trigger kinda like the US-5 so people can have a choice without raising the price. I think that would definitely make me appreciate the gun a lot more than I do now.

I hope it serves you well! After hearing a bit more about it, I'm a lot less critical than I used to be about it. I'm just worried about Tippmann giving up innovation for easy money.

Oh yeah, does the shroud limit the barrel selection by a lot? I have yet to see a review where someone says 'my such and such barrel won't fit because it's too big!'. I know some don't, but I have no idea which ones. My friend's getting an X-7, so I kind of want to help him with that (he wants to make it look like an MP5 so no flatline).
   

REvan223 Thursday, March 15th, 2007 | 12:38 pm PST
Actually...that was one of my first misconceptions about the gun.....as a matter of fact you can fit pretty much any size barrel through the shroud. There is a ring that is about 2-3mm thick that you can remove when taking apart the shroud which would allow thicker barrels through it....
   

REvan223 Thursday, March 15th, 2007 | 12:39 pm PST
quote:
Originally posted by dmz boy
the e trigger isnt out yet good luck getting that upgrade

lol.......i already have a dealer ordering it for me....
   

gothebay Monday, April 30th, 2007 | 12:32 am PST
hey great review, just asking what do you think is the best stock as I already have remote line
   

supersookers Sunday, July 1st, 2007 | 5:52 pm PST
hey guys do u know if the flatline can use cheap paint? PLZ REPLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
   

X7 Assassin Wednesday, July 4th, 2007 | 12:11 pm PST
I liked your review. We shared allot of the same opinions about the marker, as well as do allot of peolple I am sure. The more I have used the marker, I find the better it gets. The flatline sounds like a solid first after market upgrade. I hope it doesnt throw off the line of sights of my red dot. Keep up the reveiws, nice job.
   

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